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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Eurycoma longifolia Jack – Not Just Aphrodisiac

The population of South East Asia have been using Eurycoma longifolia Jack for its high medicinal value. How this herb worked for them is difficult to explain, but many user swear by its close to supernatural benefits.

In Malaysia, the plant is better known as ‘Tongkat Ali’ which literally means “Ali’s walking stick”. Traditionally, it is valued for its aphrodisiac properties and treatment of diverse aliment ranging froma cuts and wound, skin infection, fever, malaria, high-blood pressure, diabetes to increased energy and stamina.

In 1968, scientific research was conducted on Eurycoma longifolia and the scientis have indentified the following phytochemical component extractable into organic solvent; terpenoids, stigmasterol, sitosterol and many others.

However the water-soluble extract contains many phenolic components, tannins high molecular weight polysaccaharide, glycoprotein and mucopolysacharides. It is belived that these water soluble components are biolgically active in rendering some of the obseverd properties.

Eurycoma longifolia is more than just an aphrodisiac as more man belief when drinking water-soluble extract. Since 1994, various scientific experiments on the aphrodisiac properties of Tongkat Ali. The School of Phamaceutical Science,University Sceince Malaysia, report that, in the test carried out in the laboratory,the extract of Eurycoma longifolia or ‘Tongkat Ali’ has an aphrodisiac effect in the experiment on animals. Its increased the number of times and lenght of thesexual performance of the animal under the study.

Experiments carried out by a team of scientist in the University of Malaya show that water – soluble extracts from Tongkat Ali have the following effect:

In vitro test on human testicular tissue homogenates showed that Eurycoma longifolia water-soluble extract increased the formation of testosterone (male sex hormones) by 4.4 fold.

Experiment conducted also show that Eurycoma longifolia water-soluble extract has the ability to increase the sperm concentration, percentage of progressive sperm and the mobility rate. Thus the result suggest that Eurycoma longifolia water-soluble extract could increase the quality and the quantity of the sperm and therefore increase the fertility rate.

Eurycoma longifolia water-soluble extract does not work the same way as other aphrodisiacs, which take effect immediately. Eurycoma longifolia water-soluble extract has to be consumed regularly overtime and the mode and mechanism of action are different. Eurycoma longifolia acts through the enhancement of testosterone and also c-GMP production. As it enhances the prodution of the hormone it takes longer time period to exert its effects. The benefits are felt gradually after a period pf time. Optimal effectiveness should be felt within a week of continuous uninterrupted use. When the testosterone increase, the health and vitality are restored.

Eurycoma longifolia water-soluble extract is not a stimulant. Aphrodisiac effects of Eurycoma longifolia water-soluble extract varied depending on the lifestyle and also the physical and physiological state of the individual.

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